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Trump May Appoint Sylvester Stallone For Arts Position

| by Sheena Vasani

Sources say President-elect Donald Trump is considering appointing actor Sylvester Stallone for a senior arts position in his administration.

Trump is reportedly interested in hiring 70-year-old Stallone as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Daily Mail reports.

If selected, he would be a part of an independent federal agency that helps fund and promote creative people and initiatives.

"It's been widely and wrongly assumed that a Trump Presidency will be hostile to the arts," a source said. "But Mr. Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs."

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Stallone has spoken well of Trump in the past.

"I love Donald Trump," he once said, Variety reports. "He’s a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don’t know how that translates to running the world."

While he has said he once considered pursuing politics professionally, like fellow action movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, he quickly changed his mind.

“Five minutes later, I came to my senses,” Stallone said, recalling the brief moment he contemplated the thought after the mayor of Philadelphia told him he could be elected.

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“I said to my wife, ‘What do you think?’” Stallone added. “She said, ‘Are you crazy? He’s just being nice. You’re not going to be elected. You don’t have that insatiable need to be embraced by people.’”

While Stallone backed Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election, he is not a registered Republican.

“I don’t think you can be totally one-sided forever," he said. "Then you close your mind to all sorts of possibilities. It’s just, ‘Who comes along better at that time for what the planet is going through?’ Right now, it’s pretty confusing on every side.”

Stallone is well-known for his acting roles in action films like "Rambo," but is passionate about the arts in general.

He even has a surprising poetic side.

Before getting involved in movies, Stallone aspired to star as writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. In an interview with Variety, he made repeated references to playwright William Shakespeare and Greek poet Homer.

Stallone is also screenwriter and a painter who finds inspiration in writer Franz Kafka.

“He had an exhibit in Russia,” says actor Kellan Lutz, a friend. “I would like to buy one or two.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Variety (2) / Photo credit: Venice Film Festival/Wikimedia Commons

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